This book is a collection of favorite recipes culled from a large stack of faded, spilled on, scribbled on spiral notebooks kept by my grandmother, Eleanor Drew Hooper, and my mom, Ann Hooper Muncaster. Both have passed away now— Grammy so long ago I can barely remember her warm embrace; my mom so recently I can still think it might be her when the phone rings.
I miss them. I don't want to forget.
Sure, I have photos and memorabilia, but I’ve found that recreating their recipes—even just reading their writing and imagining who they were cooking for—is the very best way to feel their spirit in my home.
And, of course, the sweet memories are the best.
Sue Muncaster--freelance writer, food activist, and mother of two-- writes to inspire herself and others to live more fulfilling and sustainable lives. To this end she is the founding editor of Teton Family Magazine: Cultivating a Healthy, Sustainable Community (www.tetonfamilymagazine.com. Her website, the Ecogastronomy Initiative: A Balanced Diet of Pleasure, Health, Sustainability and Global Justice (www.ecogastronomy.org). She is also the founder and president of Slow Food in the Tetons, a local chapter of Slow Food USA. Sue is also vice president and co-owner of Aerial Boundaries (www.aerialboundaries.com) and the Teton Ice Park (www.tetonice.com). Sue’s passion for cooking, writing and photography stems from her love of good food eaten with friends and family, traveling the world and seeing the impact of Westernization on traditional cultures, and a vision for a healthier, happier world for her children, Mariela and Nico.
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